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Slow-Cooked Pepper Steak Recipe

Slow-Cooked Pepper Steak Recipe

After a long day working in our greenhouse raising bedding plants, I enjoy coming in to this hearty beef dish for supper. It's one of my favorite meals. — Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours YIELD:6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds beef top round steak
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges or 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 large green pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • Hot cooked noodles or rice


  • 1. Cut beef into 3-in. x 1-in. strips. In a large skillet, brown beef in oil. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Combine the onion, soy sauce, garlic, sugar, salt, ginger and pepper; pour over beef. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until meat is tender. Add tomatoes and green pepper; cook on low 1 hour longer or until vegetables are tender.
  • 2. Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; gradually stir into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 20-30 minutes until thickened. Serve with noodles or rice.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled beef mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered saucepan, gently stirring and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without noodles): 232 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 639mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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xlsalbums User ID: 5254917 263399
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2017

"This was actually quite flavorful. easy to make. We really liked it and I will make it again!"

sarah2830 User ID: 2581651 251939
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2016

"Excellent! So easy to prepare & my Husband loved it!"

hicks91 User ID: 6731271 249201
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2016

"My mother introduced this to me. So mouthwatering I can never wait for it to be done. I've used canned tomatoes and also rotel."

KarenKeefe User ID: 2062961 246200
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2016

"Incredible dish and so easy to make! I used top sirloin steak but didn't change another thing! Will be a keeper in our household!"

timmel User ID: 759358 233248
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2015

"I make this regularly. Serve over rice and with wheat rolls and corn. Only change I make is using tomato sauce instead of diced because of the picky eaters in my house."

chefk7 User ID: 6424386 218629
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2015

"I have this on a regular basis....I make it exactly the way the recipe says and it always turns out perfectly. I serve mine over hot fluffy rice. My husband and son love it, and the leftovers (if any) are really good. Great dish!"

sharivw User ID: 4634266 8029
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2014

"My husband doesn't like green pepper so I used both red and yellow, my family loved it!"

luigimon User ID: 1692040 5214
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2014

"This Is wonderful! I used a round roast, as that is what I had in hand, and the canned diced tomatoes. It turned out so good, and I will make this again. Served mine with buttered noodles. Yummy!"

mbb59 User ID: 7753174 6762
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2014

"Great flavors blended in,,, my husband (who is wonderful, but picky when it comes to food) loved it,,, used a red and yellow pepper~ brown sugar to make the tomatoes less tart~served with buttered noodles, and applesauce~good deal!"

tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 5006
Reviewed May. 24, 2014 Edited Apr. 24, 2016

"If you are looking for a good and easy slow cooker recipe this one is for you. I tried this out in 1994 when it was first published in Taste of Home. I've been a fan of it ever since then. The soy sauce gives it a great taste. I don't like ginger so I leave it out. I also use diced tomatoes since they are available and flavorful anytime of the year."

badgah User ID: 6964070 5995
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

"I thought this was a very nice and easy recipe. Taste was great; I will certainly make this again."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 5989
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2014

"I did not care for the taste. I have made other recipes for this same thing and they are much better. This also needs more liquid."

roadrunner93 User ID: 6070744 10883
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2014

"Made this pepper steak and it was wonderful! Followed the recipe exactly except I used stew meat instead of round steak. It worked perfectly and might a less expensive option. Served this over basmati rice. My husband said this recipe is definitely a keeper. It tasted somewhat like swiss steak. Great recipe!"

gwinn1952 User ID: 7274974 6142
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2014

"Been looking for recipes instead of grilling all the time while in Florida for the winter (to hot to use oven). This is so easy to put together....delicious in everyway....a keeper."

claylady01 User ID: 7293258 3303
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2014

"I have gotten lazy in the last few years and now cook only what is quick and easy.I love slow cookers and this looks quite easy so will give it a try."

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 6918
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2014

"This recipe was very easy to put together. My family really liked it and next time I may try chicken instead of beef. I did serve it with extra soy sauce for more flavor."

chubbybunny63 User ID: 5616180 6203
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2014

"I learned how to make Pepper Steak from a Chinese friend. Never put tomatoes in it, or tomato sauce. She always put fresh ginger in the marinade and left it in when she cooked it. It was so good. We always serve it with rice."

saw-whet User ID: 2849135 5988
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"Good -- I followed the recipe, except that I added the tomatoes and peppers at the beginning, and cooked everything for 8-1/2 hours, then thickened the sauce on my stove top. It turned out well, will make this again."

[email protected] User ID: 4319009 3302
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2013

"add 1 can beef broth also and drained tomatoes"

PJFox User ID: 7290436 3287
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2013

"Delicious sauce. Did not thicken with corn starch, and it was perfect over noodles.

Added 14 oz can of diced tomatoes and few slices of peppers on top of onion mixture and slow cooked on high 4 hours. Then added thick red and green pepper strips and tomato wedges on top and cooked another hour.
Fantastic meal."

Joscy User ID: 2694585 3284
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"OMGoodness, this is excellent!!"

kclementsdvm User ID: 1360203 6129
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2012

"This is a family favorite! It used to be one of our "special" meals, but now my young son loves it and requests it often. I usually double the ingredients for the marinade, and it helps it to remain moist."

deemcb User ID: 5961580 8018
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2012

"Very good, will make again."

sammycorny User ID: 3282426 3283
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"This is a favorite of my family and friends. Tried and true!"

farmersdaughter68 User ID: 2571480 8474
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"So good! Even my picky-eater kids loved it. Didn't have time for slow-cooker, so made on stove top and used stew meat. Still excellent! We like it with rice."

patde User ID: 6166067 10882
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2011

"This recipe is a family favorite my mom and Dad request it all the time they cant get enough. the only thing I do different is add a can of tomato sauce.great recipe thanks for sharing."

PetAdopter User ID: 5831258 7952
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2011

"I have this in my cookbook. Excellent."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 6865
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2011

"This smelled so good while it was cooking, but we found the flavor to be just average."

lahomespun User ID: 4819058 3281
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2011

"Another goodie from the 1996 Collector's Edition and a family fav for years!!"

melanie212 User ID: 5101635 2549
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2011

"Yum! better with rice than egg noodles!"

msrandy User ID: 3276544 7613
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"Tried this for my brother who remembered my mom made this when we were growing up. IT WAS ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. He and I plus three of our friends were all raving about how good it was. WILL DEFINITELY MAKE AGAIN!!!"

katiem65 User ID: 5846663 10547
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"This is the best recipe ever. My son is a very picky eater and he loves this. We put it over mashed potatoes and add veggies. It's quick and fast."

TeresaDGA User ID: 5471512 2538
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"I omitted the salt since soy sauce is salty. I also added one can of beef broth to make it less dry. Stewed tomatoes work well too. Other than that, its perfect! I have this written in my keeper cookbook and have made it many times over the years. Love it!!"

agnes24 User ID: 4430156 5005
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"Delicious. My family loved it. It is different than most slow-cooker meals. Just what I was looking for. I have made it twice so far and will make it again this week."

dmitch64 User ID: 3180008 6761
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2010

"Simple to make, delicious tasting, LOVED IT!"

Nana 4 3 User ID: 5277184 6538
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

"Family loved it."

jodand User ID: 3887658 199163
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2010

"Really good, and very easy to make."

Leearnold User ID: 3848860 5986
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2009

"Loved this. Cheap and flavorful. Fam loved it. Great left overs too. Even better the next day."

Lucajb User ID: 3381826 5004
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2009

"I have used this recipe for years. Its always a crowd pleaser. It is an easy recipe to add your own touch to."

tlg216 User ID: 3493588 5917
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2008

"This recipe always gets raves when I serve it. Without fail, people ask me to share this recipe. Thanks to Sue Gronholz who submitted this one several years ago."

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